Bottoms up at (from left to right): Haider Ackermann, Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent
Last season we were introduced to statement trousers and everyone was hooked. The love affair continues for autumn/winter 2012, as designers sent all sorts of permutations down the runway. This is one of my top trends this season just because its versatile and easy to match. Here are my tips on how to work it …
Try and experiment with:
Brocade: A winter favourite, brocade adds a rich new dimension to tailored cuts. Head to J.Crew for some of our favourite styles.
Prints: Although there’s plenty of choice from florals and scarf prints to paisley, take cues from Miu Miu and Prada and opt for dizzy geometric prints for a retro feel. Keep it simple on top with a crisp white shirt or chunky knit in a solid colour.
Bright colours: If prints are too daring, then opt for tailored styles in a bold colour like red, yellow or emerald green to liven up your winter wardrobe.
Cropped: I know it sounds off, especially since its getting chilly, but cropped versions are very Audrey Hepburn. Plus exposing that small bit of ankle is sexy. Just make sure you choose a stiff fabric to keep it elegant.
Leather: There’s nothing sexier than leather trousers. Black is safe otherwise choose a rich shade like Oxblood red.
Metallic: Go futuristic with tech fabrics that have a subtle sheen (but steer clear of plastic or patent leathers). Opt for dark colours like black or gunmetal.
Embellishments: Chunky crystals on the hems or down the sides are great for the evenings, especially when paired with a sleek tuxedo jacket.
Tuxedo stripes: Celine started a trend with their trousers with a sporty stripe down the side. Experiment with fun colour combinations such as camel/coral.
Layered fabrics: Another gem from the school of Phoebe Philo. Choose wide legged styles layered with contrasting fabrics such as sheer tulle or chiffon for a cool look.
Details: Finishing touches include fun accents like zippers. Accessorize with must-haves like velvet slippers or heirloom jewels.
And what to avoid:
Flimsy pyjama pants – they are fine for a warm summer’s day but they tend to look messy. I am also not a fan of velvet trousers because they are unflattering and remind me of a bad 1970s film. And while oversized is acceptable on top, it doesn’t have the same slimming effect on the bottom (just ask MC Hammer).